Eggnog Recipes We Make Every Holiday Season

Whether you're trimming the tree, hosting a party or just sitting in front of the fire, the holiday season isn't complete without our best eggnog recipes.

October 18, 2021

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Snowman Eggnog

Give this comforting drink some extra personality with whipped cream, a few chocolate chips and a dried apricot. With the kids' help, you can make an adorable snowman. Add a little booze for the adults, and they'll love it too!

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Almost 300 five-star reviews can't be wrong – Alton's recipe is a fan favorite for good reason. This classic version tastes better than anything you can find in the grocery store and doesn't take a whole lot of effort.

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Classic Eggnog

Once you taste homemade eggnog, you’ll never go back to the stuff in the carton. This is our go-to version for the holiday season. It’s festive and decadent, laced with nutmeg and vanilla. We lightened it up by folding in whipped cream and made the booze optional so that it's good for young and old alike.

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Baltimore Eggnog

The inspiration for this cocktail comes from E. Ricket and C. Thomas, The Gentleman's Table Guide, 1871. The generally accepted recipe for a Baltimore Eggnog starts with Madeira, cognac, and Jamaican rum – but E. Ricket and C. Thomas were not on this planet to go along with every popular notion. They decommissioned cognac in favor of Irish whiskey and traded Madeira for its brighter cousin sherry. In that formulation, the malt nuances of the whiskey integrate with the raisin tone from the Pedro Ximenez sherry, the vanilla syrup, and the molasses notes from the rum. It makes for an extra-special nog indeed.

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Nonalcoholic Eggnog

Make your next holiday celebration extra special with homemade eggnog. Your guests will absolutely notice the difference. This version is kid-friendly but can be spiked with a little rum or vodka for adults.

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Low-Fat Eggnog

Eggnog isn't usually categorized as low fat, but this variation swaps out the whole milk and heavy cream for nonfat milk and cornstarch as a thickening agent. Citrus zest and a vanilla bean ensure that this version is low in fat, but full of flavor.

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Irish Eggnog

A little bit of Irish cream liqueur and Irish whiskey spice up this take on eggnog. Although she doesn't cook the drink in the slow cooker, Sandra recommends using one to keep you 'nog warm all night long.

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Snowman Banana Nog

This snowman decoration comes together in a few minutes and makes a sweet way to serve a winter mocktail. The creamy white nog is dazzled with the wintry flavors of nutmeg and allspice.

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Capital Eggnog

A pitcher of eggnog will get the whole gang in the holiday spirit. This version is served cold, so you can make it up to a day in advance.

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Classic Eggnog

Food Network Kitchen's take on eggnog is gently heated – not enough to curdle the eggs – just enough to make it drinkable for those who can't or don't want to drink the traditional version with raw egg.

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Ice Cream Eggnog

Fun Fact: Eggnog starts out with the same custard base as vanilla ice cream (a.k.a. creme anglaise when you're feeling fancy). Nancy uses the ice cream to make shortcut eggnogand tops it off with another scoop of ice cream for a super indulgent treat.

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This cocktail starts out much like standard eggnog, a creamy custard known as creme anglaise, but get shaken with brandy, rum and bourbon for a spiked treat that'll get any holiday party started.

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A classic take on eggnog that utilizes lemon and orange zest to brighten up the heavy drink with subtle citrusy notes. You can use a vegetable peeler to zest the citrus – just make sure you use a light touch and don't catch much of the bitter white pith behind the skin.

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White Chocolate Eggnog

Sandra dresses up store-bought eggnog with rum and white chocolate liqueur for a festive beverage that takes almost no time to put together.

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